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'Extra €10 million needed' in Republic to deal with aftermath of flooding

A swan in a flooded park in Co Limerick
Marie Louise McConville

THE Republic's Environment minister Alan Kelly is to seek an extra €10 million - on top of the already allocated 8 million - to help authorities deal with the aftermath of severe flooding in the south.

The Cabinet is also due to meet today to draw up long-term plans to protect 300 areas in danger of flooding.

Mr Kelly said the amount needed would have to be reviewed every week or fortnight as the true cost of the damage becomes clear.

It is understood that among the proposals is a grant system to allow homeowners to install their own flood protection measures. It is thought that there may also be a case for helping a small number of homeowners relocate to new homes if future flooding is a threat.

Mr Kelly, along with Minister of State, Simon Harris are expected to seek Cabinet approval for the establishment of a flood forecasting system.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mr Kelly, Mr Harris and other Ministers will meet representatives of the Office of Public Works, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries, Waterways Ireland and local authorities before the Cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transport is to undertake a major assessment of road damage as it is believed repairs could cost 40 million or more following the heavy rainfall.

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